Effects of physical exercise on bone mass, balance skill and aerobic capacity in women and men with low bone mineral density after one year of training - A prospective study

Primary Health Care Centre, Vadstena, Sweden.
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports (Impact Factor: 2.9). 10/1998; 8(5 Pt 1):290-8. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.1998.tb00485.x
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Grahn Kronhed AC, Möller M. Effects of physical exercise on bone mass, balance skill and aerobic capacity in women and men with low bone mineral density, after one year of training - a prospective study.
Vadstena is a small community in the county of östergötland, Sweden, where a project began in 1989 to prevent osteoporosis and to lower the expected incidence of osteoporotic fractures. Persons aged 40–70 years who had a low bone mineral density (BMD) value at screening of the distal radius by single-photon absorptiometry (SPA) were invited to participate in a training study during one year. The definition of low BMD was a densitometry value below −1 SD (standard deviation) from a sex- and age-specific reference value (z-score). Fifteeen persons wanted to exercise in a group and 15 persons wanted to become a control group. All participants answered a questionnaire about lifestyle, occupation, diseases, medication and heredity. Clinical tests were made regarding mobility of the joints and muscles, balance and physical fitness. BMD for the hip and the lumbar spine were assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) before and after the investigation period. The training programme was carried out for 60 min twice a week during one year and had the intention to improve bone mass, muscle strength and flexibility, balance skill and aerobic capacity. After the training period there was a significant increase in BMD at the greater trochanter (P<0.01), in balance skill (standing on one leg with closed eyes and “ski step“-test) (P<0.05) and in oxygen uptake capacity (P<0.05) in the exercise group. In the control group, there was a significant increase in BMD at the lumbar spine (P<0.05). However, these results should be judged with caution because several participants were over the age of 60, and at that age degenerative changes in the lumbar spine may increase to a greater or lesser extent. Regular weight-bearing exercises during one year seem to influence BMD at the greater trochanter in a training group comprising both women and men. However, our study was small in number and further training studies are needed to assess the effect of weight-bearing training on bone mass in different sex- and age-specific groups.

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    • "The exercises should be safe to minimise the risk of arthritic complications, falls and fractures. It is important that the physiotherapist individualises the loading when training equipment and weights are used (Englund et al. 2005, Grahn Kronhed et al. 1998, Hourigan et al. 2008, Malmros et al. 1998). "
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    ABSTRACT: The use of physical activity is widely accepted in preventive medicine practice. Therapeutic exercises are especially beneficial in supporting the treatment of some chronic diseases. The choice of appropriate and effective exercises in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis is crucial. The duration, intensity, frequency, and the involved muscle mass are to be taken into account in the prescription of exercises, which are basically a combination of movement patterns. The musculo-skeletal system is in continuous interaction with the environment. It is a very dynamic system with a high adaptive capacity. The response to stimuli depends on the biological age, health, and sports activity experience of the individual. Weight bearing activities with different movement patterns like ball games are accepted to be more effective in the prevention of osteoporosis, especially when performed till the end of puberty. This type of activity seems to be also effective in the middle-aged. Porprioceptive and strength exercises are important in supporting postmenopausal women. In elderly people, though progressive resistance exercises are very effective, even walking and simple gymnastics can be beneficial in more sedentary cases. Less intensive exercise of shorter duration have to be performed by people with advanced stage osteoporosis with or without previous fracture complication. Strength exercises can be fulfilled isometrically in critical cases.
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